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Vladimir Bagirov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 16, Dec-11
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C72)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Another Nezh's brilliancy.
Jul-13-12  iamdeafzed: The h-pawn queens after 42.) Kg1, h2+
43.) Kf1, h1Q+
Oct-10-17  SeanAzarin: Bagging It
Jan-01-20  RookLifter: A beutiful queen sac by Nez leading to a deadly king side attack. Final position is almost comic. A real pearl game...
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  saffuna: Would 35... Nf2+ have won as well?
Jan-03-20  RookLifter: <saffuna> Yes but not as fast and brilliant. For ex 35...Nf2+ 36. Qxf2 Rxf2 37. Rxf2+ Bf6 leaves black with a one piece (bishop) advantage which should provide a winning end game even if white will likely take also the h pawn...
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Little cute trap. If 21.N3xh4? Qh5 and black has the last laugh.

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  perfidious: Not, of course, that the game continuation offered Bagirov any balm either.
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  Fusilli: <perf> True.

Once, during a private lesson, a GM told me "we have all these chess principles we learn as beginners but when we become strong players we think they no longer apply to us."

Principle: if you get hit on one side, it is usually a good idea to counterpunch on the other side or the center.

This game: Nez plays the bold 10...g5. Bagirov responds with the dubious 11.g4, making his own life difficult. Principled move: 11.d4, of course. Counterpunch in the center. It sacs a pawn but it's all right (11...b5 12.Bb3 cxd4 13.Qc2).

And then there is 15.Qxa4+. I checked with the engine and the engine says it's fine. But can a human play that and get away with it? Not Bagirov. Let's see: the king is drafty, the castle has been broken, and the BLACK QUEEN IS ON FREAKING H3. And you send your queen on a pawn-grabbing expedition to the other side of the board? Oh, additional fact: THE GUY WHOSE QUEEN IS ON H3 IS NEZ. Man, just play Qf3 asap!

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